Organic vs. Non-Organic

Organic produce:

Grown with natural fertilizers (manure, compost).

Weeds are controlled naturally (crop rotation, hand weeding, mulching, and tilling) or with organic-approved herbicides.

Pests are controlled using natural methods (birds, insects, traps) and naturally-derived pesticides.

Organic meat, dairy, eggs:

Livestock are given all organic, hormone- and GMO-free feed.

Disease is prevented with natural methods such as clean housing, rotational grazing, and healthy diet.

Livestock must have access to the outdoors.

Conventionally-grown produce:

Grown with synthetic or chemical fertilizers.

Weeds are controlled with chemical herbicides.

Pests are controlled with synthetic pesticides

Conventionally-raised meat, dairy, eggs

Livestock are given growth hormones for faster growth, as well as non-organic, GMO feed.

Antibiotics and medications are used to prevent livestock disease.

Livestock may or may not have access to the outdoors.